Hope artist makes debut at The Reach gallery

George Rychter is part of a Fraser Valley exhibit in Abbotsford

George Rychter

George Rychter

A Hope artist is making his debut at the The Reach Gallery Museum this summer in Abbotsford.

A 3 x 6-foot photo-based abstraction by George Rychter that is illuminated by light has been included in the 2nd Regional Fraser Valley Biennale. The goal of the exhibit is to challenge and provoke viewers with the opportunity to view new and recent artworks from across the region. It presents an eclectic range of visual art practices which explore and broaden artistic boundaries and mediums, and critically investigate visual art practices.

“It’s a tremendous opportunity to show at a gallery of The Reach’s standards,” said Rychter, who is the owner of the Travelodge in Hope.

“It’s also a pleasure to show with a lot of the Fraser Valley artists and hang with them, literally.”

Rychter has a master’s degree in fine arts from the University of Regina and has artistic training in sculpture. He also enjoys drawing. Rychter’s work has been showcased at the Hope Arts Gallery, Chilliwack Cultural Centre, and Kariton Art Gallery in Abbotsford.

“The pursuit of artistic expression is almost like an affliction. You’re driven to it because you’re built that way,” he said.

“All galleries that show your work are doing artists a big favour.”

The 2nd Regional Fraser Valley Biennale is presented by The Reach Gallery Museum in collaboration with four regional arts councils. The exhibit runs until Sept. 8.

For more information, visit www.thereach.ca or call 604-864-8087.